COPENHAGEN – As the world debates a new climate-change treaty, drought continues in Kenya. Maize plants wither, hitting poor rural families the hardest. People are starving, and many of those who survive are grossly malnourished.
WASHINGTON, DC – In late 2003, Liberia began to emerge from two decades of brutal military government and civil war that had left the country with no functioning public services, spawned large-scale theft of timber and diamonds, and generated massive debts to foreign creditors.
PARIS – Is football (soccer) just a mirror that reflects the collective emotions of a country? Or should it instead be seen as a magnifying glass, if not sometimes a distorting mirror, that reveals on the playing field the frustrations, fears, ambition, or hope of a nation?
It is about 5 O’clock P.M. on a Saturday evening in Suehn, and Ma Jenneh Famatta Brown is seated, with children at the Ballah K. M. Davies Memorial Orphanage Home, as they lined up before her for bath.
It is no secret any more that the ruling Unity Party is presently engulfed with a serious Leadership crisis that may result to a split, if not handled with the highest degree of care and sincerity. For pragmatic politicians, conventions are always where discussions and resolutions regarding issues inimical to the growth and development of political parties take place.
NEW YORK – The conventional wisdom that sub-Saharan Africa has moved beyond military coups may be wishful thinking. In the past two years, Africa has seen successful coups in Niger, Guinea, Madagascar, and Mauritania. In addition, there have been a handful of indirect interventions, failed coups, and whispered threats elsewhere.
MELBOURNE – In the sixteenth century, the alchemist Paracelsus offered a recipe for creating a living being that began with putting sperm into putrefying “venter equinus.” This is usually translated as “horse manure,” but the Latin “venter” means abdomen or uterus.
Probably out of hatred or “name-making” for self initiatives, many meaningful national projects undertaken by past Liberian administrations continue to be untouched by incumbents. One instance already identified has to with projects initiated and untaken, but not completed by the administration of Late President Samuel Kanyon Doe, Liberia’s second most progressive leader.
Competitive edge or advantage is the aspect of your business that standout against all your competitors. As a business how do you rate with competitors? What do you do better than the rest of the businesses in your field that keeps the customers flocking? For example, there are many taxis to choose from within Liberia, or the many vendors that cross our paths with lucrative items on display. However there is something that attracts you to one vendor over the others, or makes you ride a particular taxi (but not during rush hour). Could be the demeanor of the vendor, the location, the cleanliness or perhaps the reliability of the service? Whatever influences your choice is the competitive advantage created over other suppliers. In the same accordance as an entrepreneur, one ought to hatch a brilliant but sustainable advantage that floats above the rest.
About two months ago, the new President of the Liberia Football Association or LFA, Musa Bility, with the advice and consent of the FA’s executive Committee commissioned a five-man technical team to structure all of the national football teams of Liberia.